42 Things I Love About Emilia-Romagna, Italy

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While you may not be familiar with the name of the region, Emilia-Romagna, I have no doubt you are familiar with the sights, sounds and tastes that make it so remarkable. As my own tribute to my favorite part of Italy, here are 42 things I find irresistible about Emilia-Romagna.

1. Parma ham. Every day. Please.

2. Enjoying a perfectly crafted espresso

3. People watching in Bologna’s Piazza Maggiore

4. Admire some amazing views at the Fortress of San Leo

5. Spending the afternoon at the Carpigiani Gelato Museum, with samples of course

6. Admiring the craftsmanship of some of the best cars in the world at the Lamborghini factory.

7. Walking around Bologna when it’s decorated during the Christmas season

Bologna sunset

8. Walk through history in the beautiful city of Ravenna

9. Sunbathe on the beach at Rimini

10. Walk along the world’s longest continuous portico to visit the hilltop Il Santuario di San Luca in Bologna

11. Spending time at any one of the many festivals around the region, throughout the year

12. Visit an adventure park for zip lines and other outdoors adventures.

13. Traditional ragu sauce served over tagliatelle, NOT spaghetti

14. Leave the region, briefly, to not-so-far-away Florence or Milan

15. No matter your religious beliefs, you’ll find the artistry of the Compianto sul Cristo Morto figurines moving

16. White water rafting, no really.

17. Getting to know some of the people who live in the region, their hospitality is famous

18. Admiring the exquisite Biblioteca Malatestiana in Cesena, one of the oldest libraries in Europe

19. Learning about the city’s past at s Palazzo Pepoli, the Museum of the History of Bologna

20. Enjoying a classic Bolognese dinner at Trattoria Anna Maria

21. Step back in time at the strange but fascinating anatomy theater in the ancient part of Bologna’s university

22. Marvel at the Roman ruins found throughout the region

23. Drive through the countryside for some remarkable and inspiring views

Lamborghini Bologna, Italy

24. Learning the fine art of aged balsamic vinegar in Modena

25. Window shopping in the alleys and arcades of Bologna

26. Test drive a super sports car along the winding roads of the region

27. Finding the hidden canals of Bologna

28. Learn about the real luncheon meat, mortadella

29. Taking a cooking class using the region’s stunning ingredients

30. Trek through the countryside to get closer to nature


31. Visiting the old Archiginnasio of Bologna, one of the oldest universities in Europe

32. Vroom! Vroom! Visit the home of Ducati and tour the museum

33. Discovering your own favorite villages and hamlets.

34. Look for the meridian line, Cassini’s Sundial, in San Petronio Basilica

35. Explore your cultural side at MAMBO; or Modern Art Museum of Bologna

36. Learning the difference between real and fake gelato. It’s an important lesson.

37. Going to the source, nibbling on a block of real Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese

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38. Eat again, you look hungry.

39. Admiring the towers of Bologna lit up at night

40. Visit the other car manufacturer, Ferrari and maybe even take one for a test drive.

41. Keeping this region a secret, it’s too awesome to share with the world

42. Journey to nearby San Marino, the oldest surviving sovereign state and constitutional republic in the world.

By: Matt Long

Matt has a true passion for travel. As someone who has a bad case of the travel bug, Matt travels the world in order to share tips on where to go, what to see and how to experience the best the world has to offer.

3 thoughts on “42 Things I Love About Emilia-Romagna, Italy”

  1. Hey Matt, I’ve not visited Emilia Romagna, but after reading your article I feel it is an awesome place.

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